For adults with type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise
For the longest time, my A1C levels wouldn’t budge. Finally, I felt like something clicked when I said goodbye to soda and hello to FARXIGA.
If you’re like Jean and over the age of 65, taking FARXIGA may put you at a higher risk for dehydration (loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension).
I’ve dealt with a lot of changes in my life. Not too long ago, I moved from my longtime home in one of the warmest states to a new home in one of the coldest to be closer to my aging mother-in-law. It wasn’t easy for me. Because of the weather, I stayed inside a lot, selling things on the Internet. But nothing prepared me for the changes ahead when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In my 40s, my doctor told me that I was prediabetic. If I had known the long-term effects that type 2 diabetes could have on me, like the neuropathy I now have in my feet, I would have taken the warning more seriously and made some serious changes. Of course, the day came when my doctor said that my prediabetes had turned into full-blown type 2 diabetes and I started taking metformin.
I knew there were foods to avoid with type 2 diabetes, but I didn’t want to change.
Even though I was on metformin, my A1C levels kept going up, so I was prescribed more medicine, two different kinds. Still, my A1C continued to creep up. Part of the problem was my habits; I have a sweet tooth and I was really addicted to soda. My kids would get so mad at me when they saw me drinking it, and I’d just brush them off and say, “My numbers are fine,” even though it wasn’t true. My doctor felt that it was time to switch me onto two new pills, but even they didn’t make a difference. It seemed like nothing was working.
Taking the first step toward change wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
It wasn’t until my doctor added FARXIGA that I finally felt like something just clicked. She warned me that I might experience yeast infections or other side effects, but I was more surprised when my A1C levels dropped.
I was so happy to see my numbers change that I got inspired. I knew pills wouldn’t be enough to get me where I needed to be. I needed to make the big change that I had been fighting all along. I gave up drinking regular soda and started saying “no” to sweets. I mean, nobody’s perfect, and my diet certainly isn’t, but I realized that the less sugar I ate, the less I craved it. I couldn’t believe the difference I was seeing. I resisted the diet changes for so long, but I really felt better and lost some weight after I cut out all that sugar.
Managing type 2 diabetes isn’t easy, but all the changes I made were worth it. Now, I see that I had been getting in my own way. I’m so glad that my doctor and I finally found something that worked for me.
FARXIGA is not indicated for weight loss.
These stories represent the personal experiences of actual FARXIGA patients. The opinions expressed are their own, based on their own experiences, and will not relate to everyone with type 2 diabetes. Please consult your doctor, as these testimonials are not substitutes for medical advice.
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The most common side effects of FARXIGA include yeast infections of the vagina or penis, and changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
FARXIGA is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
FARXIGA should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).